Inter-Faith Council for Social Service



IFC HomeStart is a 24-hour emergency shelter for women and families experiencing homelessness. In keeping with IFC’s belief that everyone deserves dignified and affordable housing, we provide a safe, temporary home until residents obtain permanent housing.  We assist residents in connecting to appropriate community resources for finding housing as soon as possible, as well as other resources such as healthcare and income growth.  During extremely cold weather, we offer emergency overnight accommodations as space allows.

During cold weather season, IFC provides as much temporary overnight shelter as our buildings may safely accommodate. Individuals seeking cold weather shelter may access a spot by calling IFC's main number at (919) 929-6380 . Press x4000 for HomeStart shelter for women and families (or x3000 for Community House shelter for men).

Cold weather guests should arrive between 7pm and 9pm and need to depart in the morning by 9am. Dinner and continental breakfast are provided.

If you are experiencing homelessness and need information about admission to HomeStart, please call the Orange County Housing Helpline at 919-245-2655.  To speak to the HomeStart staff person on duty, call 919.929.6380 x4000.